Poppy Day plans for Mid Ulster

Members of the Royal British Legion will be remembering the fallen of two World Wars and other conflicts at parades and church services across Mid Ulster this Sunday.

Once again concerns surrounding Covid-19 has resulted in the Magherafelt parade being called off for a second year.

Instead there will be a service of remembrance in St Swithin’s Parish Church with numbers limited to prevent the spread of Covid and current Government guidelines will be in place.

Following the Act of Remembrance, wreaths will be placed at the church cenotaph on behalf of Magherafelt Royal British Legion, Mid Ulster District Council, PSNI, Fire & Rescue Service, St John Ambulance and various youth organisations.

The scene at Cookstown Cenotaph at 7.30 on First of July

In neighbouring Cookstown, traditionally the largest remembrance parade in the district, a parade is expected to take place.

The town’s Royal British Legion Branch posted details of the event on its Facebook page.

“The parade will form at Cookstown Royal British Legion on Burn Road and make its way to Cenotaph in Cookstown town centre for service at 10.50am. The parade will then make its way to Cookstown 1st Presbyterian Church,” it reads.

“All organisations are welcome to attend. Members of the public attending are asked to observe current government Covid 19 guidelines. All those wishing to take part in the parade please be at Cookstown RBL for 10.15am.”

On Sunday evening, Magherafelt Royal British Legion Branch will be holding service at the War Memorial in Tobermore. This will be followed by a short parade to Kilcronaghan Parish Church for a service of remembrance.

Remembrance events will also be held in Maghera and Stewartstown on Sunday.

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